Respiratory Therapy Technician I

State Of Massachusetts Westfield , MA 01086

Posted 2 months ago

Western Massachusetts Hospital, operated by the Department of Public Health (DPH), is seeking an energetic Respiratory Therapist to provide care to patients in an acute, long term care hospital. We are a specialty care hospital providing in-patient services to individuals in need of ventilator/respiratory, end of life care, neuromuscular, Alzheimer's, and chronic care.

The selected candidate participates in the respiratory needs of adult and geriatric patients on an inpatient unit following standards of care. Administers medication, provides ventilator support in accordance with standard practices, policy and protocols. Maintains accurate records for related treatment plans and respiratory care. Provides professional expertise and knowledge in carrying out emergency functions, all codes, and unexpected emergencies.

Please Note: This position is 24 hours per week, 11:15 PM - 7:15 AM shift and will share weekend/holiday coverage and other shifts as operationally needed.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Performs direct hands-on respiratory care using established hospital policies and procedures along with respiratory standards of care to ensure a consistent approach to patient care.

  • Administers pharmacologic, diagnostic and therapeutic agents related to respiratory care procedures necessary to implement a treatment, disease prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation, or a diagnostic regimen prescribed by a physician.

  • Observes and monitors signs and symptoms, general behavior, general physical response to respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing, to determine whether abnormal characteristics are exhibited.

  • Provide invasive mechanical ventilation via a tracheostomy tube. Monitors vital signs and tolerance of ventilator settings.

  • In collaboration with the healthcare team, develops and implements an appropriate care plan based on patient assessment by utilizing standards of care to optimize patient outcomes.

  • Works efficiently as a team member both within and across clinical settings to provide quality service to hospital units through communication, cooperation and collaboration.

  • Demonstrates competence, including knowledge and behaviors, to meet age specific patient needs in a specialty area.

  • Maintain accurate prescribed patient records and documentation such as progress, quarterly and annual notes and META records.

  • Provide information to appropriate personnel during meetings and shift changes, to ensure consistency of care and stay informed on changes to an individual's treatment, recovery and plan of care.

  • Maintains personal and professional growth by attending in-services and keeping current with respiratory practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a current and valid license as a Respiratory Therapist issued by the Massachusetts Board of Respiratory Care.

  • Certification in American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions, please contact Human Resources at 413-784-9339.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Applicants must have a current and valid license as a Respiratory Therapist issued by the Massachusetts Board of Respiratory Care.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Respiratory Therapy Technician I

State Of Massachusetts